Well, the drama continued when "Nick Simmons," responded to these accusations on facebook. The responses showed little guilt, or any cultural awareness for that fact, and riled up many a reader. Well, the real Nick Simmons, not his publisher, has issued a statement which has addressed how this was a fake correspondence, and addressed this entire matter.
A) Its nice to know he is a fan
“Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire. There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologize to any Manga fans or fellow Manga artists who feel I went too far. My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.
“I am a big fan of Bleach, as well as other Manga titles. And I am certainly sorry if anyone was offended or upset by what they perceive to be the similarity between my work and the work of artists that I admire and who inspire me.”
B) He referred to himself as a Manga artist.
C) The vibe I'm getting is "I'm sorry if I offended anyone, but I'm pretty sure I did nothing wrong."
D) Though the one that really upped my ire was...
Though, as Gia put it in discussion, "If Simmons is willing to bring it up like this, he's probably doesn't think he'll get sued..."
My inspirations reflect the fact that certain fundamental imagery is common to all Manga. This is the nature of the medium.